Sexual racism, or racialized sexual discrimination, on queer dating apps like Grindr and Scruff is a significant problem.
Researchers Ryan Wade and Gary Harper created a scale to measure the psychological impacts of sexual racism on young men of color.
The results found that black men who were objectified on these platforms experienced higher rates of depression and lower rates of self-worth.
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“No Blacks, No Asians.”
This isn’t language taken from a segregation-era poster. Rather, they’re “dating preferences” listed on some queer men’s online dating profiles, found on apps like Grindr and Scruff.
Queer digital dating spaces — especially those involving men — have a race problem. And while apps like Grindr have launched campaigns to combat racism on their platforms, there’s little existing research on how this form of racism impacts young men of color.
There isn’t even a way to clearly measure the impacts of this kind of racism in general. Most research on young gay and bisexual black men focuses on HIV/AIDS while neglecting other important areas of study, according to Ryan Wade, a University of Illinois social work professor.
This lack of data inspired Wade and Gary Harper, a University of Michigan health behavior professor, to create a scale and survey measuring the psychological impacts of Racialized Sexual Discrimination (RSD) on young men of color.
Overall, their research confirmed that racism on queer dating apps can have significant negative health impacts on men of color, including depression and feelings of lower self-worth.
The most common forms of sexual racism included men of color being excluded, rejected, degraded, or objectified by white men.
Racism in online dating spaces has “been a part of the popular discourse for a very long time within the queer community” …read more
Source:: Business Insider